August 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of six traffic fatalities in August for a total of 53, compared to 59 in the same month last year.

Five of the 53 victims were pedestrians, five were motorcyclists and one was riding a horse. The highest daily numbers included 16 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 10 on Fridays. There were seven deathless days in the month.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 28 males and 25 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 14 victims in the 21- to 30-year-olds, followed by nine in the 41- to 50-year-old age group. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count total of eight, decreasing to five in McIntosh County.

Just over 75 percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. The leading cause of fatal traffic crashes continues to be unsafe speed resulting in 12 deaths, followed by nine deaths for failure to stop or yield, and five died because the driver travelled left of center.

On August 31, the year's statewide total of traffic deaths was 424, a decrease of 59 from the total of 483 recorded for the same time period last year.